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to have a human service agency facing a dilemma in their budget to adequately fund their service is criminal. i ask that you increase the baseline budget beginning in 15-16 and that you continue to increase funding for permanent supply housing. i also ask that you look at the budget justice coalition and the list of recommendations we put together. a cost of doing business is simple. it helps nonprofits stay alive. case services helps our young people achieve their goals and dreams and rapid re housing and food security helps people be able to maintain their lives, their dignity and remain san franciscans. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. (applause) good morning. my name is [speaker not understood] stevens and some of you have seen me before speaking here. i was hit by a car in the crosswalk on september 26, 2013 while i was walking to work. since then i've been actively
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speaking out for vision zero, walk s.f. and pedestrian safety. it is a very personal cause and issue for me. in my collision i was left with some life-altering complications, which included blood clots in my brain and skull fracture. financial, physical and emotional damage as well. one of the reasons i find vision zero so important happens to be at the end of my block and in the crosswalk i was hit, mission taylor. mission taylor currently is lacking the crosswalk. there was road work approximately four weeks ago and the lines weren't painted back on. there's one line currently painted where the stop light is, looking like a stop point, not a barrier between cars on both sides like it should. it is incredibly dangerous. and for somebody who was hit in that crosswalk when its was officially pain painted with two, i find it quite scary to have to walk through and see others have to walk through it, the total black street because
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of the lack of efficiency in city planning ~. people are virtually walking in the middle of the street and there's no way the driver would be able to tell where the crosswalk starts or ends as it currently appears. i have taken photos of this document. this is one of my points. [speaker not understood] how much has it already cost everyone involved with what happened to me and how much more will be sucked into another pedestrian being hit there? let's be preventive, people. let's make the streets safer so people can walk and let's adequately fund and follow through with vision zero so every one of us who cross the street doesn't have to worry about being hit. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. good morning, supervisors. my name is nicole snyder and i'm the executive director for walk s.f. and i want to thank [speaker not understood] stevens for sharing her story and recognize that her story is not alone. there are many other people
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sadly that share her story. i also want to thank you all for your leadership so far this year in commit tog vision zero. 2014 so far has been a year of commitments. we've seen your leadership along with the mayor's office and eight different city agencies committing to eliminating traffic fatalities in our city in ten years. we all know that commitments are easy and that what's really needed is funding. we know that traffic injuries and fatalities are preventable and that the sooner we invest, the sooner we save lives. i'm here today to ask for $10 million for a traffic safety improvements in the city's budget to get these critical safety projects on the ground and replenish the other money that was delayed through the delay of the vehicle license fee. i also ask for 135,000 for the health department to staff and continue to analyze traffic collisions.
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their pedestrian safety work is evidence that what gets measured counts and it helped to shift the dialogue here in city hall. we're asking for 100,000 to support the d.a.'s vehicular manslaughter unit which is critically changing the norm so that people aren't able to get away with murder just because they're behind the wheel of a car. i want to thank you for your leadership and giving vision zero the brakes it has long deserved and we look forward to filling those budget gaps with you and making the city safer so that no one has to experience what jakaia experienced. thank you. ~ >> thank you. next speaker, please. hello. my name is kevin seaman, i am an artist, arts administrator, and former grant maker. i've participated in san francisco's cultural landscape for over a decade. over that time i've come to realize how essential cultural equity funding is to san francisco's vibrant arts landscape. as an artist and a recent recipient of the
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subpoena arts commission cultural equity grants individual artists commission, i applaud the accessibility and investment of this program and established mid career and emerging artists. as it is one of the city's only opportunities that directly funds individual artists. as a grant writer i have assisted small and midsize arts organizations to obtain grants to create new and dynamic work representing a spectrum of race, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation rarely heard in symphony halls and opera houses. the large arts organizations you have heard today receive 1% or less of their annual budgets from grants for the arts annual operating grants, a tiny fraction of their multi-million dollar budgets. i can't help but wonder what those funds would do if we allocated and put into the hands of small organizations led by diverse artists and arts activists who regularly put together amazing programs on shoe string budgets. this is a call for increased funding in the arts and specifically an increased
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investment in san francisco arts commission's cultural equity grants program to ensure the robust arts diversity that make our city great can continue to flourish. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. hello, my name is benito [speaker not understood] pacific islander cultural center [speaker not understood]. i want to bring up two issues. one is that we need more investment in the arts overall. over the years the arts have been asked to take an equitable cut whenever there are crises in the budget. but at the time when the budget is growing we're seeing other departments being raised by millions and millions of dollars. the arts commission, no grants for the arts are receiving any kind of increase. and that has no increase has happened in almost 20 years, especially at cultural equity grants. the other issue that i want to bring up is the budget and legislative analyst report that came out for grants for the arts. i see it as an inis advertise
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and civil rights issue. if we in san francisco do not see it that way then there is something seriously wrong. ~ injustice i applaud supervisor breed, supervisor avalos who have championed cultural equity in the arts because the burden of making change is very heavy and that kind of leadership is what we need to actually make change. there are rumors out there that x amount of dollars are going to be cut from the arts, but it wasant true. it was going to be reapportioned -- reallocated based on equity and justice. and that's what really needs to be out there. what we are asking for is that any new money that comes to the arts goes to the arts commission, goes to cultural equity for the grants. the other last thing i want to say is that if we're saying the cultural equity grants is due to cultural equity, why is it 1/6 for what grants for the arts is? when we're trying to achieve equity and justice. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker.
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good morning, supervisors. my name is daisy [speaker not understood] and i'm here on behalf of pasf, [speaker not understood]. i want to say thank you for the inclusion of [speaker not understood] into the children's fund. however, that fox funding will be kick in for two years ~. they are suffering now as we seek. [speaker not understood] big inequality gaps increasing every day. we cannot wait two years for a 25% increase. for san francisco to be as progressive as you claim to be, we need to start eliminating the cycle of disenfranchisement now. we need to show we care for all of our citizens. that means filling in the gaps for housing, mental health, education and employment. all of the requests are in alignment with the policy priority documents which was created by over 100 city departments, nonprofit organizations and youth all over the city. we need this funding to make
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our city a safer and more empowering place for tay who are the future of san francisco. we are not asking for much. we are only asking for enough. we shouldn't have to grapple and beg for scraps to fund the basic human necessities in one of the richest cities in the nation. thank you. (applause) >> thank you. next speaker. good morning, supervisors. my name is zach murry. i'm also representing [speaker not understood] youth services and transitional age youth from all over the city. i'm here to fromv you that san francisco youth are watching you. they're watch tog see if your words and assurances will hold true. senator populations in san francisco, this idea is very much in question. we need more than words and assurances because many youth are experiencing a reality in the opportunity being pulled up and out of reach. for some it seems poverty and homelessness is the only option. but i'm here to say record poverty and unemployment among youth in the u.s. is criminal. we know this -- we know that this doesn't have to be the case because san francisco has the ability and the means, the
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money and the technology to specifically pinpoint the estimated 8,000 disconnected youth 18 to 24 and connect them with job opportunities. the research and plans as daisy mentioned are out there but what we need now are more than words, we need action. i urge the board of supervisors to provide sufficient resources to fully meet the need of transitional age youth in the city. education, workforce development and housing needs to provide young people with a transition to adulthood. we need leadership not tomorrow, today. it is critical and must be link today education to provide more pipelines to living wage opportunities so that young low-income people, people from poverty pack grounds, homeless backgrounds have opportunities and the ability to live and live well here in san francisco. the cost of not leading or leading from behind of allowing these issues to persist is great and we need to make these investments now. dealing with a problem is a way to provide opportunities to engage in self-transformation and community transformation through action and opportunities through community linked learning that teach life
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performing skills and transform a personalities and allow for the education that we are putting out there -- for the youth. if they are not protected, not respected, it will criminalize and no ha will occur. i ask for more than words, for money, for real commitment for transitional age youth in our city. thank you. [cheering and applauding] >> thank you. next speaker. good morning, board of supervisors. my name is lilian mark and i'm a staff member at [speaker not understood] memorial church. i work with programs to meet basic daily needs for thousands of san franciscans annually, from food to shelter to violence prevention and health. i'm here to ask supervisors to increase 1.5% cost of doing business to 3% to support our collective goal of achieving a living wage for the staff who take on the challenge of working on the front lines every day. the work we do enables our communities to do theirs, to heal, to move forward, to have hope for a more positive future.
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we want san francisco to be a place where all of us can live, work, and play. in addition, i'm here to ask the board of supervisors to support the san francisco food security task force request for add back for year 14-15, to support healthy supplements, delivered meals for seniors with disabilities and [speaker not understood]. this is one of the many steps to end hunger in san francisco by 2020. thank you for your time and the work you do. (applause) >> thank you. next speaker, please. [gavel] >> just real quick, reminder the policy of no clapping in the board chambers here and we do that so we can speed through this process. we're going to have a long day and going to ask everyone to respect that, please. thank you. good morning, my name is la monica hopkins and i'm also a [speaker not understood] staff member. as you heard, glide is all about helping people help themselves. we work with people who often need a lot of help, housing and shelter, food, counseling, medical help, child care and after school program services. we provide that help or we help
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conduct them to that help. [speaker not understood] poorly compensated. we really pride our hisv hiring from the community and ensuring that people within the community can work within the community sector [speaker not understood]. 3% now as opposed to 1.5 although not enough will go further than 1.5% increase. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. hi, my name is [speaker not understood] and i'm representing the [speaker not understood] middle school. yesterday at the budget meeting in the hearing on unmet needs of youth with incarcerated parents, a student was -- really stuck with me that was social movements and change are much more effective when they are led by people who are actually affected by these issue. and as you have heard many people today have expressed their need for support from the city of san francisco as well as the board of supervisors
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whose job it is to represent the individuals and groups in the district. it is for this reason that i urge you to increase transparency as well as access to budgets and other governmental systems through the implementation of oversight committees on agencies such as the dcyf. an example i can provide for you that highlights what increased transparency could do is what happened to the mission beacon at everett middle school. i have the pleasure of working there for two years and dcyf and the budget meeting as well the hearing on youth incarcerated parents stated some things that they are doing to help youth in the city that are a transformation that are wonderful such as funding project well and project what is a vital project that needs to be funded, but we also have to consider how after school programs and other community organizations like the mission beacon help to serve youth, including youth of parents who are incarcerated. with the trend moving towards
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academic only after school programs, eviction of mission beacon, we have to look at ways in which these thing can be integrate and had we can begin to tackle these issues on an integrated level, not just fixing problem for problem. both project well and support for program like the beacon aimed [speaker not understood] through the utilization of community partnership and community voices could change many thing of families and children in san francisco. we're not just problems to be fixed. funding is necessary to make sure [inaudible]. >> thank you. thank you very much. next speaker, please. [inaudible]. hi, good morning, supervisors. i'm cheryl adams with larkin street services and i am here to speak about the needs of tay. obviously you guys know the stats, that there are 9,000
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youth between the ages of 18 and 24 who are unemployed in san francisco. 42% of the homicides last year in san francisco impacted youth under the age of 25. [speaker not understood] under the age of 24 unaccompanied minors for homeless [speaker not understood]. and lgbts and foster youth overrepresented in our homeless population. tay executive network wants to ensure that every young person in san francisco transitions into adulthood. so, we are seeking funding for education, employment, mental health and substance abuse services and some emergency housing to provide base funding until the children's amendment can pass with tay and 4% recently, [speaker not understood] we need support our diamond youth shelter and outreach for lgbt youth. so, thank you so much for your
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time. >> thank you. next speaker, please. good morning, my name is mark burns. i'm the executive director for the ihs consortium. i'm here to speak on behalf of the human services first network request that you complete the funding for cost of doing business increase this year. the [speaker not understood] consortium is one of the largest contractors for the department of aging and adult services. each year we provide more than 1500 residents with in-home support services that allow them to stay in the community rather than be confined to more expensive funded facilities and inch institutionvs. the consortium is about to enter a four-year flat contract funding. as you know as a nonprofit contractor, if we have an uncontrollable increase in our expenses we are forced to reduce the line item expense in some other area critical to the delivery of our services. last year our rent was $18 a square foot. this year our rent is $28 a square foot and it's contractually going to increase 23% each year the next 9-1/2 years.
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last year our health insurance went up 5%. i have every expectation it will not go up lower than 5% in the coming year. our insurance, our disability -- general liability insurance which is required under city contract is going up 3% on july 1st. and lastly, i would remind you that our case managers who are the ones who provide services to these citizens are earning $41,000 a year. san francisco had a 2.9% increase in their cpi last year. it is becoming very difficult not only for these workers to remain in the city but for us to attract and retain quality workers to deliver services. so, thank you and i urge you to complete the funding. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> yes, good afternoon. i am michael smith. i'm the founding director of the american indian film festival ready to celebrate our 40th anniversary next november here in san francisco. we represent the nonprofit
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american indian film institute. this is lou sin da spencer who is one of our board members. ~ i am here in support of looking at the allocation process for grants for the arts, you know. we are the only american indian organization here in san francisco. we provide a 10-day festival in november with little support from the city of san francisco. american indians traditionally have fought a number of battles in funding in trying to raise the standards in which we present, especially our arts and media cultural activities. traditionally, american foundations only support about 1% of contributions go to the american indians across the board, across the country. here in san francisco we are the only indian organization that is doing a job in
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promoting our native culture through film and our entertainment community. so, we ask you to increase the support for a number -- many of the ethnic organizations that are here that have stated their cases so eloquently and look at the way funding is handled here in san francisco and allocate more for our ethnic communities. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. good morning, supervisors. my name is kerry fox and i'm here today representing the san francisco exploratorium. [speaker not understood] to continue to be the innovation capital of the world, san francisco has to invest in the arts. at the exploratorium, we have seen time and time again how the arts help people learn. our explainer program, an integrated youth workforce and learning program, helps hundreds of teens get their
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first job experience and learn about their passions. here today to tell you about how the arts have impacted her life is explainer gloria granadas. hello. my name is gloria and i worked as an explainer at the exploratorium. we were taught the museum art science perception, and art comes -- science comes after art, so, we have to create art so we can interpret our science that we work with. and i get to work with a lot of visitors from different backgrounds of all ages and it actually helped me improve the person that i'm and become the person who i am now. and encouraged me to learn a lot more. i do feel like learning there is a great experience for all kids of all ages. so, i encourage you guys to please continue supporting the
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san francisco arts. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. hello, good almost alreadiv. afternoon. my name is [speaker not understood] sandoval. i'm here representing the [speaker not understood]. and i'm here today to encourage your support [speaker not understood], specifically the additional $19 are a,000 for cal fresh to fund [speaker not understood] [speaker not understood]. a collaboration between hfa and the food bank that increases access to cal fresh by fast track application assistance and benefits of determination at local community sites. the goal of this event is to have clients seen by eligibility workers and walk away with their benefits cards in no longer than one hour and we are highly successful at achieving this ~. due to food bank's vast partner agency and partnership with hsa we are able to provide
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education and outreach to vulnerable people in their neighborhoods. in addition to the $195,000 would augment the 2.1 million in the mayor's budget set for cal fresh hsf staffing. through confluence of more highly trained eligibility staff and support for cbos, we can bridge the gap of the estimated 50,000 likely eligible san franciscans who are not currently accessing this vital new fridaytion benefit. we can also meet the board of supervisors stated goal of food security by 2020. i thank you for your support. thank you for your time. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. good morning, supervisors. my name is lucille kimball and i coordinate our tenants rights clinics for [speaker not understood]. as you are well aware, it is an unprecedented housing crisis and affordability crisis today. and san francisco needs to act now. dozens of tenants who are threatened with displacement come into our office every
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week. we are here with [speaker not understood] who has collaborate today create a comprehensive proposal that can alleviate this crisis. we're looking at a wealth of historical wisdom that's in this document. [speaker not understood] contribution to the proposal is through the tenant counseling and through our outreach. we found through data-driven research that clients are more confident and have higher positive outcomes if they have access to the following steps. first, clients know their rights. two, clients have access to tenant counselors. and three, clients have a lawyer when they're facing eviction. we have proven through door to door outreach in our clinic oakland model, we coordinate neighbor to neighbor know your rights outreach, in area that are vulnerable to displacement in oakland. this includes 35,000 educational pamphlets with valuable resources and participants have increased their confidence and decreased
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fear of actually approaching the court system and defending themselves and their housing. this can happen in san francisco with your support, with city support. cdjc also serves as a link between vulnerable tenants in san francisco and lawyers. clients facing unlawful eviction come into our office seeking direction. having been that link in between the eviction and the lawyers is crucial so, therefore, we support this and hope that you will support it, too. please support door to door outreach tenant counseling and full legal representation. thank you so much for your time. >> thank you. next speaker. my name is -- graft, my name is flor.
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[speaking through interpreter] i'm here with my family [speaker not understood] in this place. i want to request to all the supervisors [speaker not understood]. to help and assist all the homeless families. because one day you will have a reward. [speaker not understood] i am facing an eviction. supervisor mar knows the way i live. he knows the hotel in which i live. the situation in which i live with my two children. now i'm facing an eviction.
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and i'm very distressed. i am considering sleeping in a car with my children because i have no alternative. this is johnny. he has grown in the day care. since he was six months old. he doesn't know what it is to have a living room, neither him or the other children. and i am here now requesting your help. for all the races, for all the people. thank you so much, supervisor mar. thank you so much, supervisor avalos.
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you are also aware of our situation. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. good morning, supervisors. my name is [speaker not understood] collins and i'm here with the homeless coalition. i wear this black because it's a black cloud over san francisco. i'm a person that [speaker not understood] homeless to my children for two years. today i look, i go to different places in the bayview, the western addition, the mission, the tenderloin, and there's over four families that are homeless. they have suitcases, [speaker not understood], and they don't know what to do. some of them are squared to reach out to get help. so, the speak out family homelessness. [speaker not understood] goal over the last past five years are families waiting list has reached high, so high that, you know, even with the shelters,
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some people still sleep in cars, you know, they're slipping on the streets with their children. in the schools there are currently 2200 homeless students in the san francisco unified school district. and this is up 1600 since 2009. and 1200 -- 12 92 in 2005. so, it has grown more. ~ i just think the urge -- there needs to be more for, like, when people getting ready to get evicted with the attorneys and stuff, so, that's why i'm asking y'all to help them, the program so they can be able to have attorneys. like myself, when i was
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evicted, they had lawyers that were paid a lot of money. and when it came time for me to go to court, they had two lawyers that can help people like me to stay in their home. so, that's why i'm urging that y'all support this. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. hi, good afternoon. my name is jennifer friedenbach and i'm the director of the coalition on homelessness and it is time to wake up, san francisco. we have a massive housing crises and it's hitting hard. it's hitting fast, and it's hitting with brutal force. right now we have elderly women with cognitive disorders sitting up all night in chairs while their ankles swell. we have people so desperate for sleep, a safe place to sleep, away from police harassment that they are crawling into elevator shafts and getting crushed alive. they're crawling into